On the Radar: August 8, 2011

Obama Allies See ‘Tea Party Downgrade’ As They Seek to Reassure Investors
By Greg Stohr and Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg
The Obama administration sought to reassure global investors and push back against Standard & Poor’s first-ever downgrade of the nation’s credit rating while trying to pin responsibility on Tea Party Republicans. Read more

Origins Of The Debt Showdown
By Lori Montgomery, Paul Kane, Brady Dennis, Alec MacGillis, David Fahrenthold, Rosalind Helderman, Felicia Sonmez and Dan Balz, The Washington Post
In mid-January, newly installed as the GOP House majority leader, Virginia’s Eric Cantor rose to the podium inside a spacious hotel ballroom to deliver a message to his troops, including the 87 newcomers who had given the party control of the House. Read more

Geithner On Downgrading Of USA
By John Harwood, CNBC
Timothy Geithner, US Treasury Secretary, explains why he is not resigning after S&P's credit downgrade of America, and why the Obama administration is not to blame, with CNBC's John Harwood. View

Obama's Biggest Challenge: Jobs
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
The central question facing Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign is this: Can the president persuade voters to let him keep his job when so many of them have lost theirs? Read more

Helicopter Down: The Families
By Martha Raddatz, ABC News
The SEAL community bands together. View

Commandos Killed In Afghanistan Were Fighting War Few See
By Nancy A. Youssef and Hashim Shukoor, McClatchy Newspapers
The 30 U.S. troops killed when their Chinook helicopter was shot down Saturday in eastern Afghanistan — many of them Navy SEALs &mash; were fighting a war rarely talked about. Read more

Rick Perry To Make Clear He Intends To Run
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is preparing to make clear his intentions to join the Republican presidential race, two associates said, by visiting South Carolina and New Hampshire on Saturday — the same day several of his potential rivals are taking part in the Iowa Straw Poll. Read more

Pawlenty Tries To Build Support Ahead Of Iowa Debate And Straw Poll
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
Tim Pawlenty began the most important week of his presidential campaign with a cinnamon roll the size of a loaf of bread and a side order of expectations. Read more

Voters Want A Change Politicians Can’t Deliver
By John Harwood, The New York Times
Here is the bad news for President Obama and incumbents in both parties: it can get worse — and stay that way for a long time. Read more

Posted: Mon, 08/08/2011 - 12:00am